Sunday, July 3, 2011

Re: [ZESTCaste] So, how many Dalit or tribal friends do you have?


do add muslims... good question. 
do we view all the dalit men as lumpen, and think others are not? I do not agree with this
if we are activists, do we respect their leadership, or oeprate in gandhian ways, usurping it?

--- On Tue, 28/6/11, Siddhartha Kumar <> wrote:

From: Siddhartha Kumar <>
Subject: [ZESTCaste] So, how many Dalit or tribal friends do you have?
To: "zestcaste" <>
Date: Tuesday, 28 June, 2011, 5:17 PM

So, how many Dalit or tribal friends do you have?
By churumuri

Shekhar Gupta in the Indian Express:

    "…at a recent institutional investors' conference which I was
addressing on contemporary Indian politics.

    "Just a little bit disconcerted by how many questions were being
asked on the "curse" of caste-based reservations, I did something
wicked. This was a crowd of nearly 500 of the best paid, globalised
Indian finance whiz-kids, in hundred-dollar Hermes ties, seven-figure
(in dollars) bonuses and fancy cars.

    "'We have here, fellow Indians with the finest jobs in the world,
mostly with an IIT/ IIM education. Both institutions have also had
caste-based reservations for ever. So how many of you here are tribal
or Dalit?'

    "Not a single hand came up.

    "Sensing a QED moment, I turned the knife. 'Okay, please tell me
how many of you at least count a Dalit or a tribal among your friends
or acquaintances? Or how many of you have even shaken hands with a
tribal or a Dalit?'

    "Not a single hand came up again."

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